Thursday, October 23, 2008

Politician Betrayed, Murdered by His Own Friends at NCC

Don’t worry, it’s not anyone currently running for office! The assassination victim here is ancient Roman dictator Julius Caesar, who was stabbed to death by conspirators he believed to be friends, on March 15 -- in the year 44 B.C. William Shakespeare transformed this “true crime” story of political intrigue, jealousy and betrayal into the classic play in 1599.

NCC’s theater students will debut their production of Julius Caesar today at 11:00 a.m. in Lipkin Theater, followed by several other performances over the next two weekends. For more information about show times, read this story from Northampton NOW.

If you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play performed live, don’t let the Elizabethan-era language intimidate you. Prepare to watch the play by reading some background information about the plot and characters beforehand, so you’ll know what’s going on. Another option is to watch a film of the play, to get used to hearing English spoken in Shakespeare’s dramatic style. The NCC Libraries have a variety of resources that can help you get the most out of this exciting theatergoing experience.

In the Reference section:

Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Plays and Poetry
(highly recommended by NCC Librarians)
PR 2987 .S474 2007 Reference, Main and Monroe

Shakespeare’s Characters for Students
by Catherine Dominic
PR 2989 .S53 1997 Reference

A Theatergoer’s Guide to Shakespeare
by Robert Fallon
PR 2987 .F35 2001 Reference

In the Stacks:

Julius Caesar: A Guide to the Play
by Jo McMurtry
PR 2808 .M38 1998 Stacks

Readings on the Tragedies of William Shakespeare
by Clarice Swisher
PR 2983 .R38 1996 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Understanding Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: A Student Casebook
by Thomas Derrick
PR 2808 .D47 1998 Stacks

On Film:

Julius Caesar [performance]
Starring Charles Gray, Richard Pasco; directed by Herbert Wise
PR 2754 .B86 J85 2000 (DVD) Media Tower

Shakespeare's Soliloquies [performance]
Contains two famous speeches from Julius Caesar.
PR 2879 .S52 2002 (VHS) Media Tower

Speaking Shakespearean Verse [documentary]
Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Trevor Nunn, David Suchet and the Royal Shakespeare Company
PR 3091 .S63 2004 (DVD) Media Tower

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